Disability Insurance – Open Mind http://open-mind.org/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:09:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://open-mind.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-6-150x150.png Disability Insurance – Open Mind http://open-mind.org/ 32 32 BANKGUAM HOLDING CO : Change of Directors or Officers (Form 8-K) https://open-mind.org/bankguam-holding-co-change-of-directors-or-officers-form-8-k/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:09:03 +0000 https://open-mind.org/bankguam-holding-co-change-of-directors-or-officers-form-8-k/ Item 5.02. resignations of directors or certain officers; election of directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers. Compensation Agreement for President and Chief Executive Officer On June 25, 2022, Bank of Guam (the “Bank”), a subsidiary of BankGuam holding company (the “Company”) entered into a new employment contract with Mr. Joaquin PLG […]]]>

Item 5.02. resignations of directors or certain officers; election of directors;

           Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain
           Officers.


Compensation Agreement for President and Chief Executive Officer

On June 25, 2022, Bank of Guam (the “Bank”), a subsidiary of BankGuam holding company (the “Company”) entered into a new employment contract with Mr. Joaquin PLG CookEffective April 1, 2022 with expiry date from
March 31, 2027, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the bank. Among other things, the employment contract provides for an annual basic salary of
$375,000 with annual CPI adjustments. The employment contract also provides for a quarterly bonus opportunity of up to 2% of the bank’s net profit after tax $400,000 per year, subject to review and possible adjustment by the Bank’s Board of Directors every two years. The incentive bonus will be reduced by 10% or 15% if the bank fails to meet certain targets set out in the employment contract, measured by return on capital, return on equity, proportion of adversely classified assets in Tier 1 capital and allowance for Loan and lease losses and the bank’s efficiency ratio. The employment contract also provides for certain personal benefits, including (a) a group life insurance of $700,000 maintained by the Bank, (b) the use of a motor vehicle and compensation for operating expenses, and (c) the right to participate in the Bank’s group health, casualty and disability insurance plans. in the event of permanent disability, Mr. Cook would receive his base salary adjusted for CPI increases along with any incentives for the remainder of his employment contract. The employment contract also provides for a survivor’s income plan with a death benefit of $1,060,606 and a Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (“SERP”) paying out for a period of 15 years $150,000 per year after 10 years from the date of the SERP contract at the sole expense and expense of the bank. In the event of disability, the bank is required to make 180 monthly payments equal to 100% of the accrued balance as defined in the SERP agreement. The agreements are expected to begin disbursing on the first day of the month following the determination of disability on the executive’s normal retirement date as defined in the SERP agreement. In the event of a change of control, the bank is required to pay 100% of the accrued balance within 60 days of the separation as defined in the SERP agreement. In addition, in the event of termination by the manager for “good cause” (as defined in the employment contract) or by the bank for any reason other than “reason” (as defined in the employment contract), the employment contract provides for continued payment of the amounts due after the employment contract would have been paid for the remaining term.

Compensation Agreement for Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

On June 25, 2022the bank concluded a new employment contract with Ms Maria Eugenia H. Leon GuerreroEffective April 1, 2022 with expiry date from March 31, 2027, as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the bank. Among other things, the employment contract provides for an annual basic salary of $365,000 with annual CPI adjustments. The employment contract also provides for a quarterly bonus opportunity of up to 2% of the bank’s net profit after tax $400,000 per year. The incentive bonus will be reduced by 10% or 15% if the bank fails to meet certain targets set out in the employment contract, measured by return on capital, return on equity, proportion of adversely classified assets in Tier 1 capital and allowance for Loan and lease losses and the bank’s efficiency ratio. The employment contract also provides for certain other personal benefits, including (a) a group life insurance of
$700,000 maintained by the Bank, (b) the use of a motor vehicle and compensation for operating expenses, and (c) the right to participate in the Bank’s group health, casualty and disability insurance plans. in case of disability, Mrs Leon Guerrero would receive their base salary adjusted for CPI increases, along with any incentives, for the remainder of their employment contract. The employment contract also provides for a survivor’s income plan with a death benefit of $1,060,606 and a SERP that pays out the amount of for a period of 15 years $150,000 per year after 10 years from the date of the SERP contract at the sole expense and expense of the bank. In the event of disability, the bank is required to make 180 monthly payments equal to 100% of the accrued balance as defined in the SERP agreement. The agreements are expected to begin disbursing on the first day of the month following the determination of disability on the executive’s normal retirement date as defined in the SERP agreement. In the event of a change of control, the bank is required to pay 100% of the accrued balance within 60 days of the separation as defined in the SERP agreement. In addition, in the event of termination by the manager for “good cause” (as defined in the employment contract) or by the bank for any reason other than “reason” (as defined in the employment contract), the employment contract provides for continued payment of the amounts due after the employment contract would have been paid for the remaining term.

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Tennessee offers a bountiful REWARD for returning to work https://open-mind.org/tennessee-offers-a-bountiful-reward-for-returning-to-work/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:47:16 +0000 https://open-mind.org/tennessee-offers-a-bountiful-reward-for-returning-to-work/ Tennessee offers a bountiful REWARD for returning to work With unemployment at record lows, “great resignation” and labor shortages almost everywhere, the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation could not be better timed to launch a new return-to-work program. Called “Return Employees to the Workplace and Reduce Disabilities (REWARD), is a comprehensive effort that includes training […]]]>

Tennessee offers a bountiful REWARD for returning to work



With unemployment at record lows, “great resignation” and labor shortages almost everywhere, the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation could not be better timed to launch a new return-to-work program. Called “Return Employees to the Workplace and Reduce Disabilities (REWARD), is a comprehensive effort that includes training and support for employers looking to reduce spending and staff their businesses. More importantly, it can reduce the suffering of “disability dependency” we see when people don’t return to a functional role in society.

The REWARD program makes Tennessee one of the few states, perhaps on par with only Washington, that is truly focused on an effective return to work.

According to BWC:

Returning Employees to Work And Reducing Disabilities (REWARD) is a program developed by the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to help prospective employers develop an effective return-to-work program or improve an existing program. The REWARD program was developed by a working group of interested employers, medical professionals, insurance companies and Bureau of Workers’ Compensation staff.

The REWARD program consists of five components:

  • A toolkit that provides information and resources for starting a REWARD (return-to-work) program
  • Certified Physician Program with more billable hours
  • Training for reintegration coordinators
  • Resources and networking opportunities for employers
  • Annual roll of honor recognizing employers with outstanding return-to-work programs

The program includes monthly virtual training sessions, as well as in-person lunches and learning meetings to share ideas and hear respected speakers discuss return-to-work practices.

While some elements of the program, such as For example, the annual roll of honor to be implemented later this year, the core components have been operational for most of this year. Suzy Douglas, Medical Services Coordinator for the BWC, tells us that approximately 150 employer representatives attended either the RTWC training or the REWARD employer meetings. According to Douglas, the participants represent case managers, physical therapists and attorneys. The goal for this “core group” of early adopters is for them to build relationships and hopefully benefit from the information suggested in the toolkit to help them create or improve their RTW program.

The REWARD Toolkit itself offers ideas “for companies of all sizes to help them get their injured employees back to work sooner.”

The tool kit includes:

  • Advice on actions to take before and after an injury to get injured employees back to work as quickly as possible
  • Information on effective transition work assignments
  • Examples of return-to-work policies and transitional job offers
  • Information on the role of RTW Coordinator and training for this role is available from the Office
  • Tips on choosing the right panel doctors and communicating with them effectively
  • Return-to-work calculator to predict savings from implementing a return-to-work program
  • Support for employees unable to return to work after an injury
  • The role of the case manager
  • The catastrophically injured employee
  • Information about the upcoming Certified Physician Program that will train, test and certify physicians interested in utilizing best practice in Tennessee’s worker’s compensation system
  • Information on support and recognition opportunities for employers who enroll in the Bureau’s REWARD program

One of the most interesting components of the program, which will be launched later this summer, is the Certified Physician Program. This is a critical area as physicians typically present a major barrier to returning to work. We have far too few Occ Med specialists and all too often untrained physicians let patients’ opinion alone determine what their RTW status will be. And as I recently wrote the constant focus of doctors on restrictions versus ability don’t help matters.

The Certified Physician Program should have a major impact on these hot topics. The Bureau’s program will offer certification (training, testing, ongoing assessment) of physicians interested in providing worker’s compensation health care based on best practice.

This includes:

  • The value of returning to work and guidance on encouraging injured workers to participate in their recovery
  • Training on the TN Workers’ Compensation Scheme including: Root Cause Analysis, Labor Restrictions and Reporting
  • Use of the guidelines and forms, ODGbyMCG for treatment guidelines
  • Coaching injured workers to increase their activity as quickly as possible
  • Assessment of Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) and
  • Assignment of permanent impairment ratings and permanent work restrictions.

I hope other states will take a close look at what Tennessee is doing and realize that an effective return to the workplace will reduce costs and disabilities while helping employers improve employee relations and maintain adequate staffing levels. This last point is more critical today than ever.

We’ve known it for a long time, but it’s a lesson many employers and states seem to have forgotten. Returning to the workplace is vital to our society and economy, and now, at least in Tennessee, there seems to be an even greater REWARD.

You might learn more about them REWARD program here.

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Living well with a disability An update from the NDIS | Newcastle Herald https://open-mind.org/living-well-with-a-disability-an-update-from-the-ndis-newcastle-herald/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 23:32:42 +0000 https://open-mind.org/living-well-with-a-disability-an-update-from-the-ndis-newcastle-herald/ Buddies: Katherine has become self-employed in her unit, only Bobby, her beloved budgie, lives in her apartment. She’s celebrating the first anniversary. Photo: Delivered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participant Katherine Black is celebrating a year living independently in her own unit on reduced support – something she said people doubted she could do. The […]]]>
Buddies: Katherine has become self-employed in her unit, only Bobby, her beloved budgie, lives in her apartment. She’s celebrating the first anniversary. Photo: Delivered

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participant Katherine Black is celebrating a year living independently in her own unit on reduced support – something she said people doubted she could do.

The 62-year-old with Down syndrome said she lives in a unit that’s run as a group home with 24-hour care but doesn’t need 24-hour care because she’s capable and confident enough to do most of the chores of daily living myself.

The two women enlisted their chosen local providers, Mel and Catherine, and set about making Katherine’s goal a reality.

Proving her doubters wrong, Katherine is now enjoying life in her own unit, feeling quite proud and having less support.

Katherine has developed a real confidence in what she wants out of life.

Support agent Catherine

Her increasing independence means she no longer needs the same level of NDIS funding as she no longer needs to access Assisted Independent Living (SIL) funding.

“My goal for years has been to live independently. I wanted to prove to everyone that I could do it, and I did that,” Katherine said proudly.

“My unit is lovely; she is wonderful. I’m really enjoying being here with Bobbie (the budgie),” she added.

Catherine said Katherine has “developed a real confidence in what she wants out of life” over the years.

“Katherine lived in a group home, but she didn’t like living there. She found it noisy and annoying and she didn’t need much support. We could see that the environment was affecting her health,” she said.

“Now she has this lovely little unit with one bedroom, kitchen, dining area and lounge. She is so much happier and her overall health and well being has really improved.”

Catherine said by working closely with Mel and her team and understanding Katherine’s strengths and needs, they were able to build a strong support network around her.

“Katherine’s occupational therapist came up with some great strategies, so now she has a communication book that she fills out when something is bothering her or when she needs help getting things done,” she said.

“She also keeps a medicine book so she knows when to take it. They’re sealed in a Webster pack so she’s happy to administer them herself.

“I have weekends to myself now,” Katherine added. “It’s nice. I can walk to the shops if I need something, like milk or bread, and Bobbie and I can relax and watch TV.”

Although it took several years of intense work to get Katherine to this point, she had to prove herself accountable to the group home staff before she could move out.

“Katherine had to learn many new skills to understand personal relationships and what it takes to be a good neighbor, but she did very well.

“At first we were all worried about how Katherine would be, but you have to give people a chance and thanks to a good planner and flexible financing, Katherine is now living the life she longed for.”

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Disability Insurance Market Size, Share, Future Growth and Opportunity Rating 2021-2027 – InsuranceNewsNet https://open-mind.org/disability-insurance-market-size-share-future-growth-and-opportunity-rating-2021-2027-insurancenewsnet/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 18:03:31 +0000 https://open-mind.org/disability-insurance-market-size-share-future-growth-and-opportunity-rating-2021-2027-insurancenewsnet/ New Jersey, USA — (SBWIRE) — 06/22/2022 — Advance Market Analytics released a new research publication, Disability Insurance Market Insights, to 2027, at 232 pages and enriched with self-explanatory tables and charts in a presentable format. In the study, you will find new evolving trends, drivers, constraints and opportunities created by targeting market related stakeholders. […]]]>

New Jersey, USA — (SBWIRE) — 06/22/2022 — Advance Market Analytics released a new research publication, Disability Insurance Market Insights, to 2027, at 232 pages and enriched with self-explanatory tables and charts in a presentable format. In the study, you will find new evolving trends, drivers, constraints and opportunities created by targeting market related stakeholders. The growth of disability insurance The market was mainly driven by increasing R&D spending worldwide.

Some of the key players profiled in the study are:
Assurance Group, Inc. (United States), Guardian Life (United States), Mutual of Illinois (United States), PIU [Petersen International Underwriters] (United States), MassMutual (United States), reciprocity of omaha (United States), AXA (France), alliance (Germany), Assicurazioni Generali SPA (Italy), MetLife Services and Solutions, LLC(United States), Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. (China), Egon NV (Netherlands), Aviva (United Kingdom), Zurich Insurance Company Ltd (Switzerland), Nippon Life Insurance Company (Japan),.

Get a free exclusive PDF sample copy of This research @ https://www.advancemarketanalytics.com/sample-report/93209-global-disability-insurance-market

Scope of the report from disability insurance
Disability insurance refers to a type of insurance that provides income when the worker is unable to do their job and earn money because of a disability. Due to the increased risk of accidents in the production facilities, the demand for group disability insurance has increased. In addition, favorable government policies encourage market growth. In addition, increasing benefits in terms of tax benefits in various sections of the Income Tax Law are expected to drive market demand.

The titled segments and subsections of the market are illuminated below:
by type (Disability insurance provided by employer, Individual disability insurance, Disability insurance with a high limit, Disability insurance for overheadsOther), application (authority, company, other)

The Disability Insurance Market report provides a basic overview of the industry including its definition, geographic segment, end-use/application segment and competitor segment, and manufacturing technology. Then the report examines the major international players of the industry in detail.

Market Trends:
Development of new offers and systems of insurance companies
Increasing demand for group plans from various industries

occasions:
Increase in government support for health and medical insurance
High growth potential through emerging markets

Market leader:
Tax advantages according to different sections of the Income Tax Act
Increasing awareness of the benefits of disability insurance

Challenges:
Lack of awareness among customers

Region Included are: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Oceania, South America, middle East & Africa

Country level breakdown: United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, South Africa, Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Germany, United Kingdom (United Kingdom), the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Turkey, Russia, France, Poland, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, India, Australia and New Zealand etc.

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Strategic Points Covered in TOC of Global Disability Insurance Market:
Chapter 1: Introduction, Market Driving Product Objective of Study and Research Area disability insurance market
Chapter 2: Exclusive Executive Summary – The essential information of the Disability Insurance market.
Chapter 3: Displaying the Market Dynamics – Drivers, Trends, and Challenges and Opportunities of the disability insurance
Chapter 4: Presentation of Disability Insurance Market Factors Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces, Supply/Value Chain, PESTEL Analysis, Market Entropy, Patent/Trademark Analysis.
Chapter 5: View by Type, End User, and Region/Country 2016-2021
Chapter 6: Evaluation of the leading manufacturers of disability insurance Market which consists of competitive landscape, peer group analysis, BCG matrix and company profile
Chapter 7: Evaluating the Market by Segments, Countries and Manufacturers / Company with Revenue Share and Revenue by Key Countries in These Different Regions (2021-2027)
Chapter 8 & 9: Appendix View, Methodology and Data Source

Finally, the disability insurance market is a valuable source of guidance for individuals and businesses.

Research methodology:
– The top-down and bottom-up approaches are used to estimate and validate the size of the global disability insurance
– To get a complete list of functional and relevant providers disability insurance Various industry classification standards such as NAICS, ICB, SIC are closely followed to penetrate deep into key regions.
– After that, a thorough validation test will be carried out in order to reach the most relevant players who specifically have a product line, ie disability insurance.
– To create the priority list, sorting is done based on revenue generation according to the latest reports using paid databases like Factiva, Bloomberg, etc.
– Finally, the questionnaire will be defined and specifically designed to address any needs for primary data collection by prior appointment. This helps us collect the data for players’ sales, profit, products, growth etc.
– Almost 80% of the data is collected through the primary medium and further validation is done through various secondary sources including regulators, World BankAssociation, company website, annual reports, press releases, etc.

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Calls overwhelm California Disability Benefits Call Centers – Orange County Register https://open-mind.org/calls-overwhelm-california-disability-benefits-call-centers-orange-county-register/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 21:29:15 +0000 https://open-mind.org/calls-overwhelm-california-disability-benefits-call-centers-orange-county-register/ By Grace Gedye | CalMatters Christina Cedillo has a note on her computer reminding her what keys to press when she calls the California Employment Service with questions about disability benefits. But at this point she doesn’t need it. After calling hundreds of times, she can recite the entire phone tree by heart. Cedillo, who […]]]>

By Grace Gedye | CalMatters

Christina Cedillo has a note on her computer reminding her what keys to press when she calls the California Employment Service with questions about disability benefits.

But at this point she doesn’t need it. After calling hundreds of times, she can recite the entire phone tree by heart.

Cedillo, who works as a bartender, gave birth to a girl in October 2021 and immediately applied for a disability pension that covers the pregnancy. However, the payments stopped in mid-December.

She couldn’t find anything on the ministry’s website explaining the reason, so she started calling. The employee she reached said many payments had been delayed due to fraud, but that they should resume soon, Cedillo recalled.

When it wasn’t, Cedillo estimates she made between 300 and 500 calls to the department in late 2021 and early 2022. She sat down and dialed again, often while breastfeeding, sometimes 40 times in a day.

She wasn’t alone. Between November 2021 and April 2022, on average, fewer than half of the unique phone numbers that call the Disability Insurance Department’s call centers were answered, according to department data. That’s a drop of about 80% between May and October 2021.

Since no wages were received, Cedillo continued to charge her credit card.

“I had budgeted for that and knew I wasn’t going to get much from the state anyway,” Cedillo said. “And then not even having that — and I needed that — was really, really frustrating.”

In February, Cedillo received a letter from the department asking her to fill out a form and return documents to verify her identity. She sent the form and documents the next day, she said. weeks passed. In April, she received another payment. She thinks she still owes $168, but, she said in a June interview, “now I feel like I just gave up.”

Employment office flooded with calls

The flood of calls started at the end of 2021. In December said the department It took action to “stop suspected organized criminal elements making false claims on disability insurance.” California disability insurance replaces some wages for people unable to work due to illness, injury, or pregnancy, and medical providers certify the existence of a disability.

The agency has seen a massive spike in new medical provider accounts and suspects many are fraudulent, department spokesman Gareth Lacy said in an interview with CalMatters. The department normally received 70 new medical provider registrations per week, but about 30,000 were received in four weeks from late November to early December, Lacy wrote in an email.

To sort through the influx of claims, verify the identities of medical providers and claimants, and answer a surge in calls, the approximately 1,000 disability department employees worked 22,000 hours of overtime per month from December 2021 to May 2022. That’s 10 times the normal monthly overtime average, according to Lacy. According to Lacy, the disability department also loaned 133 employees from other departments in the department and brought back nine retired employees to help with the extra work. To confirm the identities of applicants and doctors, staff sent out emails and letters, he said.

In January, the department said it had suspended approximately “27,000 suspicious registered medical providers and 345,000 claims related to those providers or other suspicious activity.”

Meanwhile, calls to disability call centers that also handle paid family time increased. In January 2022 alone, call centers received about 5.7 million calls, after receiving an average of about 443,000 a month from May through October 2021, according to data provided by the CalMatters division. The vast majority of those calls, Lacy said, were about disability benefits.

“In general, if we need to pause payments to eliminate fraud, we will see an increase in calls to the call center in response to that move,” Lacy said. Calls from people with questions about the emails and letters sent out by employment services to verify people’s identities also fueled the rise.

“When the review process adds additional layers of review and slows down the system, which people typically find to be pretty quick and responsive, people start calling to find out, ‘Why is this taking longer than I’m used to? ‘” Lacy said.

The department increased staffing for disability insurance call centers from an average of 134 in November 2021 to 228 in February 2022, the department said.

Difficult to answer

Some call center spikes are predictable; Black Friday, for example, is likely to be particularly busy for retailers.

Call centers should also be able to handle unexpected surges, at least to some degree, “without going to pieces,” said Keith Dawson, vice president of Ventana Research, where he leads customer experience research.

But when there’s a more than 12-fold increase in call volume, as the employment service has learned, “there’s no way they can be prepared for something of that magnitude,” Dawson said.

One strategy centers can employ in the face of an increase in call volume is to give callers more information, either online or in an automated message, so they can answer their question without having to speak to a human, Dawson said. But, he said, this approach is less effective when people are calling with questions specific to their specific situation. Another option is to ramp up staff quickly — which is difficult — or outsource some of the calls to a contractor, which is costly and requires training, Dawson said.

But the recent spike isn’t the first time callers have had trouble reaching a human. From May 2021 to October 2021, before the spike in calls, about 80% of calling unique phone numbers eventually got an answer — meaning about 20% of callers never did, according to department data.

Difficulty reaching a person has always been an issue with both disability insurance and paid family leave, said Katherine Wutchiett, an attorney at Legal Aid at Work, a nonprofit that helps low-income workers and a hotline for questions operates the right of people to take holidays or to get accommodation. The organization has “always heard from people who have a hard time getting that exact one-on-one, you know, ‘What’s the answer to that question? I’m confused. I’m running out of money What can I do?’” Wutchiett said.

Answering all incoming calls is the goal of any call center, Dawson said. “If you’re not answering all your calls, you’re doing something wrong,” he said.

fix it?

As the Legislature and Governor bicker over how California will spend its money over the next year, the Labor Department has made some budget proposals to increase its fraud prevention and investigation efforts and modernize its operations.

one inquiry, for $23.6 million next fiscal year, focuses on fraud and includes an advertising campaign to raise awareness on how to prevent identity theft. The department also wants 13 new fraud prevention positions, including disability insurance and paid family leave programs, as well as funds to support fraud investigations by local law enforcement agencies. Lawmakers rejected that request but added it $136 million for the first year of a multi-year modernization project.

Among other things, this project would reconfigure the keyboard teleprompter process, add multilingual features, redesign forms to make them easier to fill out, and build a new customer experience team to conduct user research and design and test new features.

The legislature has also agreed $10.2 million for the coming year to improve cyber security, help fight fraud and improve monitoring of suspicious events $96.3 million for a variety of contracts, including several for fraud prevention.

Although the legislature approved a budget on Monday, the deal is not yet closed; Changes could be made about additional bills as negotiations with the governor’s office continue.

Meanwhile, Californians who have struggled to get answers to their questions are left frustrated.

Manar Hassan, who lives in the coastal town of Pacific Grove, applied for a disability pension shortly after giving birth in late February. She could see on the department’s website that her doctor had confirmed her claim in early March, but when the payments still hadn’t arrived two weeks later, she began calling.

One of two things would happen: she would get a message that the maximum number of callers had been reached and tell her to call back later. Or, she said, “it would just hang up.”

“I just felt: what do I have to do to reach someone? I can’t talk on the phone all day, I have a child to look after,” she said.

A friend who was also a new mom mentioned that the department sends letters to employers to confirm last day’s work, Hassan said, and she felt that was the reason for the delay.

In mid-April, after finding advice on YouTube on how to reach someone in the department, she contacted first someone who couldn’t help her and then, seemingly by stroke of luck, someone who could broadcast another letter to her company. Then the process went relatively quickly; Her employer responded to the letter and benefits began flowing in late April.

“I’m proud to live in California,” Hassan said. “I always tell my friends how progressive California is.

“But when you’re trying to actually get paid and you’re basically begging for your money, it’s just — it’s hard.”

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MOSERS removes proxy voting https://open-mind.org/mosers-removes-proxy-voting/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 09:07:16 +0000 https://open-mind.org/mosers-removes-proxy-voting/ The Board of Trustees of the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS) voted this week to remove proxy voting from investment managers, a move Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick said would protect shareholders’ interests. Proxy voting allows company shareholders to express their views on issues related to public companies and to vote in board elections. That power […]]]>

The Board of Trustees of the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS) voted this week to remove proxy voting from investment managers, a move Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick said would protect shareholders’ interests.

Proxy voting allows company shareholders to express their views on issues related to public companies and to vote in board elections. That power was granted to asset management firms that hold shares in companies on behalf of MOSERS, according to the Treasurer’s Office. These companies were expected to use their votes to maximize value for the pension system.

The board voted Thursday to strip wealth managers of that power and committed to drafting a new voting rights policy that will require full board approval going forward.

Fitzpatrick, who serves on MOSERS’ Board of Trustees and Investment and Audit Committees, referred to BlackRock Inc., a multinational investment firm that holds a majority of MOSERS’ US equity exposure. The company, which is also a major shareholder in Exxon Mobile, recently used its proxy votes to endorse three climate activists for a seat on Exxon’s board, according to Reuters reports.

Fitzpatrick, a Republican, said these new members would likely work to have Exxon scale back its oil and gas production, noting the potential financial impact on the gas giant and the public as average gas prices in Missouri climb to over $4. $50 per gallon rise. He said he views actions like this, coupled with actions focused on climate change and clean energy policies, as economically damaging policies that run counter to the interests of MOSERS shareholders, rather than efforts to increase the value of the fund to increase.

“They put pressure on the banks not to lend money for energy projects that involve fossil fuels; that drives up energy costs and is not in the best interests of the shareholders represented,” Fitzpatrick said in an interview with the News Tribune. “It matters that they exercise their voice on behalf of MOSERS and on behalf of other pension plans in Missouri and across the country, and on behalf of retail investors in a way that the majority of the money they manage probably are not agree. I see this as a breach of their fiduciary duty to put financial interests and their customers first and not use other people’s money to answer the political agenda.

Fitzpatrick said he raised the issue Thursday during a board meeting, after which members debated whether to abstain while an official voting policy was established, or allow those companies to continue voting on their behalf. Ultimately, members expressed their support for the former.

“Companies have shown that they put other things ahead of these financial interests. And I don’t think we can let that happen,” Fitzpatrick said. “We need to develop a proxy voting policy. And the reality of the situation is that you obviously want to vote on all of these issues. But in my opinion it would be better if our shareholders abstained on some of these issues than our votes can be used and voted and voted against the interests of the people under the plan.

The board will start work on the new policy immediately, he said.

A BlackRock spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The board consists of legislators, finance professionals, governor’s officers and the commissioner of the administrative office, and the state treasurer.

MOSERS takes care of old-age provision, occupational disability insurance and life insurance for state employees.

According to the latest annual report, MOSERS had almost 46,000 active members and 67,808 inactive members in 2020.

The state is also Jefferson City’s largest employer, with approximately 14,000 state employees making their home in the area, according to the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce.

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Service packages must deliver, not just attract attention https://open-mind.org/service-packages-must-deliver-not-just-attract-attention/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 13:11:13 +0000 https://open-mind.org/service-packages-must-deliver-not-just-attract-attention/ (PhotoSFIO CRACHO/Shutterstock) Offering holistic benefit packages that go beyond the competition is a great way to recruit employees, but retaining employees requires ensuring that employees actually care about their accomplishments. Offering better, more creative, and more comprehensive service packages is a piece of cake. Employers are now offering pet insurance to cover a larger portion […]]]>
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Offering holistic benefit packages that go beyond the competition is a great way to recruit employees, but retaining employees requires ensuring that employees actually care about their accomplishments.

Offering better, more creative, and more comprehensive service packages is a piece of cake. Employers are now offering pet insurance to cover a larger portion of their employees’ extended lives. There are entire companies, like Blunovus whose primary mission is to improve well-being in the workplace, who thrive precisely because they help organizations take care of their employees more holistically. There are many ways to think about expanding your service offering. However, when identifying priorities to focus on, it can be helpful to consider available survey data, which we discuss below.

One specific approach that many companies are taking to ramping up their benefits packages and recruiting top talent is to offer more financial wellness resources. When you think of employee benefits, so many of the most valued benefits ultimately come down to supporting employee financial security. A recently Morgan Stanley survey found that 90% of employees want their organization to prioritize financial benefits, and 95% of HR leaders plan to do so.

There are countless ways companies help their employees build wealth and protect their financial security: retirement plans, health insurance, voluntary life and disability insurance, and more. Estate planning is an often-overlooked service that can be part of that mix of benefits focused on protecting and supporting employees’ finances – by helping them protect their financial legacies.

A recent study “Status of estate planning‘ revealed that only 13% of workers now receive estate planning as a benefit. However, of the remaining 87%, more than 72% would be interested in using estate planning services if they were offered by their employer.

Offering benefits that people want but aren’t typically offered is a great way to make your benefits package stand out. Using the example of estate planning; Not only can they offer an advantage that most of your competitors don’t have, but they can also help open up access to people who would ordinarily face it more barriers to financial services. This current piece in The Atlantic highlights how non-traditional families are often disadvantaged when trying to build generational wealth. Your DE&I efforts should go beyond hiring and help close gaps in reachability through tangible financial benefits.

Another major benefit of expanding financial wellness benefits is the increase in employee satisfaction and productivity. This new one Survey by PWC goes deeper into how significant the impact of personal finance problems is on productivity. Ask yourself this: If your employees could rest assured that their loved ones would be cared for in the event of their death, how much more productive would they be? The key point here is that when you focus your services on relieving stress and worry, your employees are more likely to stay with your company and be satisfied with their jobs, knowing that you care about their well-being.

Expanding your service offering to differentiate yourself isn’t easy or simple, but there are a few guiding principles to keep in mind. You will thrive the more holistically your service packages address people’s lives and finances, especially if you offer things your competitors don’t.

What’s less easy, however, is getting people to engage with their benefits often enough to see the full value of the offer. You can offer people the best benefits in the world, but it all depends on whether they actually take advantage of them. Don’t lose people because they never really see the value of your benefits.

The first aspect of this is onboarding and training. Go beyond the standard pitches of each benefit, provide actionable guides, and host interactive workshops on a regular basis that deliver valuable results immediately at the end. People are busy and rarely want to sit through power point presentations on the declaration of performance, especially when the benefits are not tangible in the short term – e.g. B. Retirement accounts for younger people. Focus part of your onboarding and benefits training on demonstrating the more immediate impact of engagement on your benefits.

A second key aspect of increasing the value of employee benefits through more consistent engagement is delivering benefits that are not designed to be set and forgotten. Returning to the estate planning example above, we are talking about what people would normally expect to be relevant only at the end of life, when in reality a constantly updated estate plan that reflects current life circumstances is a crucial part of the personal finance is management.

Showing your employees things they can and should do to better manage their finances, and then actually enabling them to do so through partnerships they won’t get anywhere else, on top of education – is a fantastic approach to building consistent engagement with a concrete to ensure benefit.

The bottom line is that your benefit offerings must be designed in such a way that employees continually realize the value of their benefits and differentiate you on paper from your competitors.

Rafael Loureiro is managing director of assetsthe company that demystifies estate planning with modern tools to create, manage and visualize your estate to secure your family’s financial future.

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Nearly 5 year growing energy producer added to Best Dividend Growth Stocks Model portfolio https://open-mind.org/nearly-5-year-growing-energy-producer-added-to-best-dividend-growth-stocks-model-portfolio/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 20:38:08 +0000 https://open-mind.org/nearly-5-year-growing-energy-producer-added-to-best-dividend-growth-stocks-model-portfolio/ When you produce goods, the higher the price of the material, the more money you make. It’s that simple. For the energy sector, soaring crude oil prices have meant many gains over the past few quarters. Our latest portfolio picks for the best dividend growth stock model proves that fact! After a smart transformation during […]]]>

When you produce goods, the higher the price of the material, the more money you make. It’s that simple. For the energy sector, soaring crude oil prices have meant many gains over the past few quarters. Our latest portfolio picks for the best dividend growth stock model proves that fact!

After a smart transformation during the crisis, our pick has grown into one of the top crude oil and natural gas producers in the country. With key positions in low-cost shales and a focus on drilling technology, our pick has continued to see increasing margins and profits with rising prices.

Our pick has quickly emerged as a dividend champion. With a new base plus variable dividend policy, investors have been able to enjoy rising cash flows with a steady diet of dividend increases over the past few quarters.

With a tremendous current yield of over 7% and plenty of growth going forward, our energy pick is a top opportunity for dividend growth. Watch out for when the stock goes ex-dividend Friday 16 September (expected date).

To make room for our energy selection, we removed one consumer goods company from the portfolio.

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MetLife, Aviva, ManhattanLife – InsuranceNewsNet https://open-mind.org/metlife-aviva-manhattanlife-insurancenewsnet/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 20:57:42 +0000 https://open-mind.org/metlife-aviva-manhattanlife-insurancenewsnet/ New Jersey, USA — (SBWIRE) — 06/12/2022 — Latest study on industrial growth of global life insurance market 2021-2027. A detailed study compiled to provide the latest knowledge on acute characteristics of the life insurance Market. The report consists of various market forecasts related to revenue size, production, CAGR, consumption, gross margin, price and other […]]]>

New Jersey, USA — (SBWIRE) — 06/12/2022 — Latest study on industrial growth of global life insurance market 2021-2027. A detailed study compiled to provide the latest knowledge on acute characteristics of the life insurance Market. The report consists of various market forecasts related to revenue size, production, CAGR, consumption, gross margin, price and other essential factors. While the report highlights the major driving and restraining forces for this market, it also offers a complete study of the future trends and developments of the market. It also examines the role played by the leading market players in the industry including their corporate overview, financial summary and SWOT analysis.

Major and Emerging Players in Life Insurance Market:-
Assicurazioni Generali SpA. (Italy), MetLife, Inc. (United States), Sumitomo life insurance company (Japan), Large American insurance company. (United States), Aviva plc (United Kingdom), Munich Re Group (Germany), AIA Singapore Pte Ltd (Singapore), Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (Switzerland), tanners (Western & Southern Financial Group) (United States), Pacific Prime Singapore (Singapore), American International Group, Inc.(United States), Manhattan Life (United States)

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Life accident insurance offers insurance benefits for private and business purposes and protects against all types of accidental damage. There are two main categories of life accident insurance, individual accident insurance and group accident insurance. Individual accident insurance covers accident costs for individual or personal injuries such as accidental death, partial or permanent disability. Group accident insurance usually covers employer-placed workers, this insurance coverage is good for small businesses where costs are very low.

Market leaders and their expansive development strategies
On June 23, 2020ManhattanLife, announced the acquisition of Standard life and casualty insurance company, expands the company’s growing national footprint and complements its already robust product offerings. This acquisition significantly expands our multi-channel product platform and gives us access to markets we have long wanted to explore
On September 1, 2020the Large American insurance group announced the launch of pomiSM, a digital platform and website for accident and health insurance (A&H). Pomi (an acronym for Peace of mind insurance) is the company’s first all-digital platform that enables brokers to quote and bind the most flat-rate special risk policies in minutes. The platform has been customized for brokers who sell A&H insurance to industries such as daycare, nonprofits, afterschool activities, and camps. The innovative “Click and Bind” method provides fast service and will help improve the way brokers meet the needs of their policyholders.

The titled segments and subsections of the market are illuminated below:
by type (individual accident insurance, groups accident insurance), Application (Personal, Corporate), Distribution Channel (Online Service, Offline Service), Coverage (Personal Injury Claims, Permanent Disability Insurance, Temporary Total Disability, Other)

Market Trends:
Emerging number of new policies and plans in the life insurance

occasions:
Advancement in sales service from life insurance
Increasing investments in different types of life insurance with the growing awareness through advertising

Market leader:
Increasing number of accidents and injuries
Need to reduce the cost of the burden and cover the accident-related expenses

Challenges:
Strict regulatory guidelines for the life insurance

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Some points of the table of contents:
Chapter One: Report Summary
Chapter Two: Global Market Growth Trends
Chapter Three: Life Insurance Market Value Chain
Chapter 4: Player Profiles
Chapter Five: Global Accident Insurance Market Analysis by Regions
Chapter Six: North America Life Insurance Market Analysis by Country
Chapter Seven: Europe Life Insurance Market Analysis by Country
Chapter Eight: Asia Pacific Life Insurance Market Analysis by Country
Chapter Nine: middle East and Africa Life Accident Insurance Market Analysis by Countries
Chapter Ten: South America Life Insurance Market Analysis by Country
Chapter Eleven: Global Life Insurance Market Segment by Types
Chapter Twelve: Global Life Insurance Market Segment by Application

What are the market factors elaborated on in Life Insurance market report?
Key Strategic Developments: Strategic developments of the market including research and development, new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, agreements, collaborations, partnerships, joint ventures and regional growth of the leading competitors.
– Key Market Characteristics: Includes Revenue, Price, Capacity, Capacity Utilization, Gross, Production, Production Rate, Consumption, Import/Export, Supply/Demand, Cost, Market Share, CAGR, and Gross Margin.
– Analysis Tools: The analysis tools such as Porter’s five forces analysis, SWOT analysis, feasibility study, and return on investment analysis have been used to analyze the growth of the key market players.

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Why Jacinda Ardern wants changes to Australia’s deportation policy and easier routes to citizenship https://open-mind.org/why-jacinda-ardern-wants-changes-to-australias-deportation-policy-and-easier-routes-to-citizenship/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 20:42:13 +0000 https://open-mind.org/why-jacinda-ardern-wants-changes-to-australias-deportation-policy-and-easier-routes-to-citizenship/ Jacinda Ardern is the first foreign leader to meet Anthony Albanese on Australian soil since he was sworn in as prime minister last month. But despite their friendly relationship, the New Zealand Prime Minister has not held back from campaigning for the rights of Kiwis living in Australia. She used a bilateral meeting with Mr […]]]>
Jacinda Ardern is the first foreign leader to meet Anthony Albanese on Australian soil since he was sworn in as prime minister last month.
But despite their friendly relationship, the New Zealand Prime Minister has not held back from campaigning for the rights of Kiwis living in Australia.

She used a bilateral meeting with Mr Albanese in Sydney on Friday to urge the federal government to make changes to a policy allowing the deportation of New Zealanders with criminal records who have lived most of their lives in Australia.

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Ms Ardern also called for an improved route to permanent residence and citizenship for Kiwis living in Australia.

What’s So Bad About Australia Deporting Kiwi Criminals?

The issue of Australia deporting New Zealand criminals who have no family or community ties across the Tasman has been a point of tension between the two nations for some time.
An amendment made to Section 501 of the Migration Act in December 2014 means New Zealand citizens sentenced to 12 months in prison can be deported, regardless of how long they have lived in the country.
The penalties can be cumulative, meaning someone who is sentenced to four three-month prison terms meets the criteria.

Ms Ardern has repeatedly criticized the previous government over the policy, including during her visit to Australia in early 2020 when she accused Scott Morrison of deporting “your people, your problems”.

After meeting Mr Albanese on Friday, Ms Ardern said the issue had been widely misrepresented in Australia.
She said New Zealand has never asked Australia to scrap its deportation policy entirely, she just wants “more reciprocity”.
“New Zealand naturally deports people who have been in New Zealand for a short time and have acted outside of our expectations,” she told reporters in Sydney.
“There are some who are deported from Australia who are Australians in every sense (with) often no connection to New Zealand, sometimes not even having set foot there.

“That’s where we ask for that consideration.”

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The deportation of people without a family or support network in New Zealand is “a recipe for disaster,” according to Joanne Cox, chair of the Oz Kiwi advocacy group.
“You can’t expect people to be successful themselves, they don’t have support, they’ve been in prison, they probably don’t have as good life skills as you or I do,” she told SBS News.
“The New Zealand government cannot continue to serve this and support them.”
Ms Cox said she would like to see the 24-month guideline for single-sentence deportation, which applied prior to the December 2014 changes, being reinstated “for now”.

“Certainly children who have arrived under the age of 10 (in Australia) should not be deported,” she said.

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Why do New Zealanders need an easier route to citizenship?

Ms Ardern also called on the new federal government to “provide a realistic and safe path to permanent residence and citizenship for those who need it in Australia”.
Most New Zealand citizens are issued a Special Category Visa (SCV) upon arrival in Australia, which allows them to live and work in the country indefinitely.
But SCVs don’t give them access to a range of services, including unemployment and disability benefits, or the right to work in public service or defense roles.
The only way to achieve this is through Australian citizenship, to which Ms Cox says SCVs offer no direct path.

“Over the years there has been an increasing number of disenfranchised New Zealanders who have no viable option,” she said.

“We estimate that around 200,000 to 250,000 New Zealanders of the approximately 650,000 living in Australia are in this situation and are actively seeking citizenship but are unable to obtain it.”
Among them are Chris Kempton and his wife Sarah.
They arrived in Australia from New Zealand a decade ago, eventually settling in the Northern Territory where their three daughters were born.
Complications caused by the untimely arrival of her three-year-old twins left one of them – Audrey – with multiple medical problems, including mild cerebral palsy.

Mr Kempton said because he and his wife are not citizens, Audrey does not have access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

A photo of a husband and wife family with three young daughters

New Zealand nationals Sarah and Chris Kempton’s three daughters, Constance, Claudia and Audrey, were all born in Australia. Source: delivered

“We fund all of our private physical therapy because we don’t have access to the NDIS, we spent $4,000 on a walker because we don’t have access to the NDIS, we pay for all our pediatric stuff because we don’t have access to that NDIS,” he said.

Mr Kempton said Audrey’s disability also means he and Sarah are now ineligible to apply for permanent residency or citizenship.
“We contribute to society, we don’t complain, we pay a significant chunk of the change when it comes to taxes and we’re very involved in our community and this is our home,” he said.
Mr Kempton said given the rights and services Australians are afforded when they move to New Zealand “it’s very one-sided”.

He said it shouldn’t be “more difficult” for New Zealanders to become Australian citizens “than anyone else in the world”.

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“You can come to Australia, you can pay taxes, you can buy a house, you can do all those things, but you have a special category visa, which basically means you have the sword of Damocles over your head,” he said.

“And if you step out of line, you lose everything.”

How likely is it that the changes will be made?

Ms Ardern said she was “encouraged” by the response she received from Mr Albanese regarding deportation and citizenship issues during their bilateral meeting.
While “Section 501 should be retained”, Mr Albanese said the matter was being “worked through in an orderly manner”, signaling a possible softening of Australia’s approach to the matter.
“What’s clear is that it’s not surprising that if the Prime Minister looks at some of the cases she’s had, she would advocate so strongly,” he told reporters.

“I would be if I was in the same position.”

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But Nationals leader David Littleproud said Australia should still be able to dictate how it deals with people committing crimes in the country.
“If you do the wrong thing in this country, you should pay the fine,” he told reporters in Canberra on Friday.
Ms Cox said she was “quite hopeful” that “positive reforms” will be implemented “in the near future” to residence and citizenship routes now that there has been a change of government in Australia.
“I used to say that Auspol was a trash can, but Auspol has a brighter future now because we have caring, compassionate people in power again,” she said.
Both deportation and citizenship issues will be discussed at a meeting of ministers and heads of state between Australia and New Zealand next month.

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